Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Accentuate the Positive and Eliminate the Negative…Just my thoughts today.
Changing My Bad Habits – Why is that so Challenging?
If I could change my bad habits, I may change my life for the better.
Now that sounds exciting and maybe even motivating.
So why do I have such a time with these old friends or should I say enemies…my bad habits.
I probably do because bad habits seem so easy to develop and so hard to break.
It’s said that it takes 21 days to break a habit – for me it’s probably much longer, I’m slow at letting go of things that somehow must serve a purpose. Even when that purpose might not be so helpful or good.
I’ve also heard it said that it takes 21 days to learn or develop a new habit.
That’s what I need to do. Develop new habits and push out the old ones.
The old “accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.”
I’m always trying to put a positive spin on the way I think and act and feel.
My husband is a “cup half full person.” I’m a reforming “cup half empty person.”
He always says “how you feel or act is a decision.” I always felt it was a result of my circumstances. So, I’m trying to be more up, more positive, to expect the best and to actually look for the best. This is fairly new for me, but what do I have to loose? The bad attitude, maybe?
So I’ve decided to NOT spend so much time “breaking” my bad habits as I am WORKING on my new, “good” habits.
So I’m trying to find healthier substitutes for my old, sometimes destructive, habits.
What are some of these substitutes or “good” changes or positive actions I’m working on? A few come to mind today (not in any particular order):
1. Eating lower fat or healthier versions of some of my favorite foods – like, fat free Greek yogurt, baked pita chips, oven fried potatoes; these can be just as satisfying.
2. Making sure I eat my BIG 3: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner – so I don’t HAVE to snack.
3. Getting up and taking a walk instead of mindlessly turning on the television in the evening or sitting at the computer.
4. Eating slower so I can really taste my food and so I don’t have to eat the “entire box or package” to be satisfied.
5. Cooking my favorite restaurant meals at home, so I know exactly what I have put into them.
6. Making “fast food” the exception and NOT the rule.
7. Exercising Daily: Telling myself that I’ll feel really good when I’m done exercising, and I usually do!
8. Taking it a step or a day at a time, instead of looking too far into the future.
9. Personal Reinforcement: Giving credit where credit is due: Telling myself I’m doing the best I can, and that’s pretty good!
10. Positive Self talk: Going for 10 minutes more on my walk, when I think I can’t. I usually can, if I just push a little bit.
There are so many things that have changed…good changes…these are just what I can think of this afternoon. It’s a work in progress.